Battery Operations Technician

Sila Nanotechnologies

Sila Nanotechnologies

Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

About Us

We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world?

Who You Are

As a Technician in the Battery Operations group, you will be a part of the team that converts Sila materials into lithium-ion battery concepts by assembling and testing prototype batteries. You are an attentive, diligent, and curious associate who will help create and demonstrate the next generation of battery materials. You are someone who takes ownership of your work, strives for perfection and is passionate about achieving team goals and objectives.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare and characterize chemical mixtures and other materials to be used in lithium-ion batteries
  • Assemble lithium-ion batteries and test them on battery cyclers
  • Fabricate mechanical fixtures, undertake tool preventative maintenance, and perform cable management
  • Follow standard operating procedures while still continuously looking for ways to improve processes and operations
  • Accurately record work and keep data updated in an online database
  • Manage inventory and maintain a tidy and effective work area
  • Work collaboratively with other Technicians, Research Associates, and Engineers
  • Effectively communicate results to troubleshoot, correct, and prevent issues
  • Once fully trained and qualified, work 12 hour shift rotation schedule to support 12 hr/7 day operations
  • Work overtime hours if requested and approved by Supervisor

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Ability to work carefully and safely with materials and equipment
  • Like to work as part of a team while also capable of solving routine problems alone
  • History of consistently completing tasks efficiently and to a high standard
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory equipment and computer operation
  • Logical thought process and desire to learn; “can-do” attitude
  • Experience in ISO-9001 facilities, lithium ion R&D labs, or other electrochemical cell R&D labs would be nice

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Able to adapt work schedule as needed by the team to achieve operations targets
  • Repetitive use of hands - delicate to forceful handling of material
  • Able to lift, push or pull up to 20 lbs
  • Able to work in a laboratory using glove boxes and fume hoods
  • Be able to pass a respirator fit test and wear respiratory protection every day
  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, and safety glasses

Training Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

Regular Schedule: Back-End Day Shift: Every other Wednesday, Thursday - Saturday, 6:00am - 6:15pm

The starting base pay for this role is between $30.00hr and $36.00/hr at the time of posting. The actual base pay depends on many factors, such as education, experience, and skills. Base pay is only one part of Sila’s competitive Total Rewards package that can include benefits, perks, and equity. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for overtime.

Working at Sila

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.